Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Superintendent Outlines Strategies and Goals for 2017-18

by Robin Gee

District goals support the mission of the Fort Thomas Independent School District by putting an emphasis on student progress and readiness, measurement of outcomes and increased communication and collaboration, according to Superintendent Karen Cheser.

At the August School Board meeting, she shared three District Goals, identified standards needed to support the goals and outlined her own plans to address these standards. She broke these into 30-, 60- and 90-day goals.

Strategy documents such as these are considered "working documents" not usually shared publicly, but Cheser said her decision to share the document at the public meeting was in keeping with her commitment to openness and transparency.

The District goals are:
  1. Effectively use data to ensure individual student growth and progress toward college/career readiness.
  2.  Establish and implement metrics to gauge progress toward desired student outcomes identified in our mission and vision.
  3.  Increase vertical communication and collaboration among all stakeholders in order to ensure seamless transitions and enhanced learning opportunities for all students, preschool through post-secondary.
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A few highlights of the superintendent's goals for 2017-18 include:
  • Communication and collaboration across the District with all stakeholders
  • Development of curriculum that incorporates creativity, innovation and technology
  • Meetings with leaders and other community members to better understand the culture and history of the district
  • Expansion of opportunities for students such as dual credit, career pathways, extracurricular activities and industry mentor relationships
  • Partnerships with industry, post-secondary and community leaders to support expansion of opportunities for students
  • Staff development including encouragement of professional growth and accountability
  • Process improvement and documentation for areas such as construction projects, facilities management, crisis planning and use of funds
  • Community partnerships and improved communications between the administration and the Board of Education, foundation donors, local businesses and community leaders
  • Support and promotion of better communications between individual schools and the business community
  • District representation on regional, state and national boards

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